Education Briefs (4/15/10)

April 15, 2010

CVU seeks Grad Challenge panelists

Champlain Valley Union High School wants community members to serve as panelists on Grad Challenge Presentation Day. On May 14, seniors will present the results of their experience and research completed during their Graduation Challenge, a yearlong learning project.

Students spent 20 to 45 hours on the projects, in which someone from the community guided them through the learning experience.

Community panelists will listen to students’ formal presentations about their grad challenge. Other panelists include CVU faculty. The day is split into three sessions, each lasting 90 minutes. In each session, students, panelists and audience members listen to Grad Challenge presentations from three or four seniors. Each presentation group is based on one of eight topic areas, which include Recreational Wellness, Science/Math, Business Education and Social Studies/Education.

Panelists listen to the presentations, ask questions and evaluate the presentations. The panelists are asked to attend a 30-minute orientation just prior to hearing the presentations.

CVU suggests that parents of seniors not participate as panelists, so that they can watch their children’s presentations.

If interested in being a panelist, contact Community Learning Coordinator MaryAnne Gatos at or 482-7195, or fill out an online form by going to and clicking on the link in the middle of the home page.


Poster children

Williston Central School students Emi Borch and Mary Rutenbeck tied for first place in the middle school category of the Vermont Foreign Language Association’s Poster Contest.

The students were honored at the Statehouse last month. The 2009 VFLA Poster Contest theme was “Communicate Globally, Connect Locally.” Awards were given in three categories: elementary, middle and high school.

Emi Borch is a sixth grade student who is studying French with Madame Michele Choiniere. Mary Rutenbeck is an eighth grade student who is studying French with Madame Deb Laskarzewski.

All winners were greeted by Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie and numerous state representatives and senators.